It was a great time for Department of Computer Science and Engineering of RAYAT-BAHRA ROPAR CAMPUS to organize 3 Days fully sponsored INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY from March 16-18, 2018. ICAST-2018 was the most comprehensive conference focused on the various aspects of advances in Science and Technology. This Conference provided a chance for academicians, researchers and industry professionals to discuss recent progress in the area of Science and Technology.
Dr. Manpreet Singh Manna, Director, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi was the Chief Guest and Inaugurated the conference with his keynote address . Dr. Manna is the Officer-in-Charge of “SWAYAM MOOCs” project, an instrument for self-actualization providing unique educational opportunities to the citizens of India for expanding their horizons of knowledge for a life-long learning. Dr. Manpreet Singh Manna has also received award from Sh. Pranav Mukherjee, the hon’ble former president of INDIA on 9th July, 2017 for his pioneering contribution in SWAYAM Project. In his key note address he said that collective wisdom of all participating countries can foster revolution in science and engineering. He further highlighted that this event will enable different countries to exchange their experiences and share best practices for development and commercialization of advanced research. I extend my special gratitude to S. Nirmal Singh Rayat , President, Rayat-Bahra Group of Institutions, for his love and concern for the grand success of the event. I am also thankful to S. Gurvinder Singh Bahra , Chairman , Rayat-Bahra Group and Chancellor , Rayat-Bahra University , Mohali and Bahra University , Shimla for his motivating words and consistent encouragement to organize such academic events in future too.
Prof.(Dr.) S.S. Sangha , Dean Education Faculty , PU Chandigarh , S. Gurbans Singh Sobti , Trade Commissioner , Canadian High Commission , Chandigarh were the other speakers of the day .On this occasion , S. Nirmal Singh Rayat , President Rayat-Bahra Group specially came from UK and cherished the event with his presence and blessings . S. Gurvinder Singh Bahra was at USA due to some prior engagement but he sent his greetings to the team of organizers ICAST-2018 for its grand success .He appreciated the endeavors taken by the team Rayat-Bahra Ropar Campus. In the afternoon session, there was project display of various models exhibited by the students from premier institutions and research organizations . Model presentation was headed by Prof.(Dr.) P.C. Saxena, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Prof.(Dr.) N C Sriman Narayan Iyanger, Sree Nidhi Institute of Science and Technology(NBA Accredited), Hyderabad and. Simultaneously, there was a panel discussion in the department of management and parallel presentation session was continued and Chaired by Dr. Setinder Dhillo- Vice president, CTE, North Region. The Campus hosted cultural events by our students followed by Gala dinner. There were fun games for the guest participants and their families. They had a mesmerizing time during this get together.
Highlights of the 1st Day of event were as follows:
Awards Distribution Ceremony
Project Model Display
Poster Paper Presentations
Oral Paper Presentations
Evening Cultural Program
We are proud to express how grateful, we are to “Ministry of Home Affairs”, “Ministry of External Affairs” and “Ministry of HRD-Government of INDIA” who have accepted our invitation and granted us NOC’s to convene this International Conference at Rayat Bahra Group of Institutions, Rupnagar. Industrial Cooperation in the form of sponsoring this conference is quite remarkable..
To encourage their research endeavors, 21 different categories of awards are proposed like Life Time Achievement Award, Excellence Award in Engineering, Best Teacher Award, Best Research Paper Award, Best Project Model award, Best Poster Paper Award, Best Young Teacher Award, Best Industry Award, Best Alumni Researcher Award and many more.
We are delighted to announce that ICAST-2018 received an overwhelming response from the researchers that is manifested in 826 research articles out of which review panel accepted only 243 research articles which have met the specified standards and guidelines.
We received research articles from premier National institutes like IIT’s, NIT’s, CSIO-Chandigarh, JNU-Delhi, BITS Pilani, Central University of Punjab, Punjabi university-Patiala, Punjab Technical University-Jalandhar, Panjab University-Chandigarh, Department of Agriculture Production (Government of Jammu & Kashmir)-Shrinagar, Punjab Agriculture University-Ludhiana, VIT-Vellore, IIMT-Meerut, Punjab Engineering College-Chandigarh, Rajasthan University-Rajasthan, GNDU-Amritsar, Shree Nidhi institute of Science and technology-Hyderabad, Shri Guru Granth Sahib World Sikh University, University of Jammu, Amrita School of Business-Tamilnadu, Thapar University, Jammu University and many other institutions .
It started with Panel Discussion based on Industry Academia Interface challenges and Expectations . Mr. Harjinder Singh Cheema , Managing Director , Cheema Boilers Limited , Dr. Madhuri Sharma, Goldman Sachs IIT Bombay , Mr. Ashok Sharma , Head Operations , Yashasvi Academy of Skills , Mr. Harshvir Singh , Managing Director , Drish InfoTech Limited , Dr. Jadab Sharma , Senior Nano scientist , Panjab University were the panelists . It was a great initiative towards bringing Industry and Academia on one Platform. The Following were the Invited Speakers/ Session Chair of the Plenary and Technical Parallel Sessions on day 2
Prof.(Dr.) S. C Sexena , JNU New Delhi
Prof.(Dr.) V.K Panchal , Director , SBIT Sonipat
Prof.(Dr.) Pargat Singh Garcha , Member Academic Council , PU , Chandigarh
Dr. Parveen Ailawalia , Professor , MMU , Mullana
Dr. Anupam Sharma , Professor , Department of Law , Panjab University , Chandigarh
Dr. Anil Kumar Thakur, Professor , Panjab University , Chandigarh
It was concluded with valedictory ceremony .Dr Jasveen Kaur Chairperson, Head of The Department of University Business School, GNDU, Amritsar presided over the function. S. Harjinder Singh Cheema, Managing Director, Cheema Boilers Limited was the Guest of Honour.
A visit to Holy city Shri Anandpur Sahib ,Virasate Khalsa and City Beautiful- Chandigarh was planned to synergize academic pursuit. The guest participants had a great time during this visit. It was an initiative to exchange our rich culture and tradition with them. They carried the impressions of many experiences of this three days visit of Rayat Bahra Ropar Campus and promised to participate in ICAST-2019.
I extend my special gratitude to S. Nirmal Singh Ryat President, Rayat-Bahra Group of Institutions, for his love and concern for the success of event. I am also thankful to S. Gurvinder Singh Bahra for his motivating words and consistent encouragement to organize such academic events in future too.
My heartfelt thanks to Dr. Manpreet Singh Manna, Director AICTE, New Delhi for acceding to my request for the chief guest of the conference inspite of his prior engagements.
I am also thankful to all the Invited speakers/Session Chairs Prof.(Dr.) S. C Sexena , JNU New Delhi , Prof.(Dr.) V.K Panchal , Director , SBIT Sonipat, Prof.(Dr.) Pargat Singh Garcha , Member Academic Council , PU , Chandigarh Dr. Parveen Ailawalia , Professor , MMU , Mullana , . Dr. Anupam Sharma , Professor , Department of Law , Panjab University , Chandigarh Dr. Anil Kumar Thakur, Professor , Panjab University , Chandigarh .
At the end special thanks to all the Directors/Principals of the Rayat-Bahra, Ropar Campus for their valuable support and all the members of the core committee Ms. Sheetal Kundra, Ms. Nisha Ratti, Mrs. Poonam Bhatia from Engineering, Dr. Rajinder Kaur , Mr. Narinder Rana, Ms. Samriti Rana, Dr. Loveleen Chauhan , Dr. Navdeep from Education , Dr. Manish , Dr. Akashdeep Singh from Law , Dr. Vikramjeet Kaur and Ms. Savita from Management , Ms. Namarta Seth and Mr. Yash Prashar from Pharmacy .
Sub Committees also played a vital role for the grand success of the event.